#STRShareSunday: Mountain Lake Bungalow

strsharesunday Oct 24, 2021

It’s time for #strsharesunday and today we are sharing Mountain Lake Bungalow!

This beautiful bungalow is located in the Catskills and hosted by Melinda and Matilda. They do an amazing job highlighting their outdoor spaces in their listing, and this place is all about the outdoors with truly wonderful views. But their indoor design is impeccable too! The decor is inspired by their native country, Sweden.

We are heading into the fall and winter, with so many still working from home, Melinda and Matilda let you know that their space is WFH-friendly, even going so far as to list their wifi speed. There are desks in each of the bedrooms (one has an amazing view)! They also have an adjustable desk for those who like to stand while working, and a printer!

If you have a little extra room in your budget, making your space WFH-friendly (or homeschool friendly) is a great way to encourage people to come stay with you!

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134. Our Experiences at the 2021 Vacation Rental Managers Association International Conference in San Antonio, Texas

Uncategorized Oct 21, 2021

Prior to this, we hadn’t been to an in-person event since before COVID and we forgot just how great it is to share a space with so many amazing, like minded people. 

And for those of you who couldn’t attend the Vacation Rental Managers Association International Conference in San Antonio, Texas with us, we’re going to break the event down, covering everything we learned. 

Listen for tips about how to communicate in order to get what you want out of people more effectively, the importance of due diligence when you choose not to manage a property yourself, and how to handle negative reviews both from a customer standpoint and an emotional one too.

 

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#STRShareSunday: Mouse House Rentals

strsharesunday Oct 17, 2021

It’s time for #strsharesunday and today we are sharing Mouse House Rentals!

We love the name... but we love the name more after we read their story! We were recently in San Antonio for a Vacation Rentals Management Association Conference (stay tuned for an episode about that), so we wanted to give them some love!

We have a whole section in our Hosting Business Mastery Method about knowing your WHY. Why do you host? Mouse House has their why completely nailed down in one of their posts, and it was hard for us not to get choked up reading it. Head over to their page and read it and we guarantee it will make you want to stay with them.

We LOVE how they have shared their why and we encourage you to do the same. Don't be afraid to share your story and share why you host with your guests! If you don't have your why, this industry can be very, very difficult. And when things go wrong with your rental, coming back to your why will keep you grounded and motivated to keep pushing...

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133. Leveraging Local Expertise to Successfully Run Your Rental Business with Victoria Hawley

Uncategorized Oct 14, 2021

Running multiple rental properties can be stressful… but managing them across multiple states? It’s still totally doable!

Victoria is a Superhost who has been at it for over a year in her home city of Columbus, Ohio, and she and her husband recently expanded their hosting business to Nashville, Tennessee. Hosting has allowed her to blend her passion for real estate, hospitality, project management, and design into one industry while creating financial freedom for her and her family and enabling them to practice radical generosity.

In this episode, listeners will hear a firsthand experience of what it’s like owning short-term rentals across multiple states and working with multiple management teams and vendors. We’ll discuss why it’s critical to have a boots on the ground management team that are experts in the area, how to maximize your property’s performance, as well as the local short-term rental laws and regulations! We’ll also discuss...

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#STRShareSunday: Sanctuary 33

strsharesunday Oct 10, 2021

It’s time for #strsharesunday and today we are sharing Sanctuary 33!

We're getting in the fall mood this week! All we have to say is... WOW. We rarely, if ever, see a cover photo like theirs. Head over to their instagram and click their listing to see what we're talking about there.

All of Marissa's photos are so inviting (tying into this week's episode), but there are a few things about this listing we also love. Marissa lets her guests know that she has a hot tub coming soon, which is a great idea for anyone adding an amenity. Let potential guests know what you're working on and what might be there if they are planning ahead!

We also love that Marissa highlights her covered porch so you can enjoy the outdoors, rain or shine!

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Take Your Property from Overlooked to Overbooked with Brian & Kati Greene

Uncategorized Oct 07, 2021

The number one thing that communicates to your potential guests and turns them to booked guests is effective photography.

Kati and Brian Greene are “Superguests” who, after searching thousands of listings around the world, utilized that experience to create a service that optimizes listings to magnetize guests.

The one thing they realized after being digital nomads for several years was how much of an initial impact the photography made on their expectations. When they saw listings that didn’t take their photos seriously, they wondered why they should trust them to get the more important things right. That feeling turned into empathy when they realized that wasn’t always the case, but they knew how much guests were leaving on the table and opted to start helping them optimize their photography.

 

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#STRShareSunday: Blue Jay Haven

strsharesunday Oct 03, 2021

It’s time for #strsharesunday and today we are sharing Blue Jay Haven!

Rebecca is your host, and she's been hashtagging us for awhile. We see you, Rebecca! It's your time to shine!  

Rebecca is really crushing the IG highlight game. She lets you know where you can get good cocktails, good food, and have some good sightseeing in her area. Other highlights we love: the reviews highlight, the "meet us" highlight so guests can get to know their hosts, and the renovation highlight so you can see her process and the before and after of her properties.

This helps connect the guest to the host and the property, and really helps show the time, love and care put into the property. If the guest feels more connected, they are more likely to treat the space the way it should be treated.  

We love the full, well-rounded picture and story telling that Rebecca has accomplished with her IG highlights! Go check her out for some inspo!

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131. What to Do When a Potential Guest is Sending Warning Flags

Uncategorized Sep 30, 2021

What can you do when your gut is sending you warning signs about a guest booking?

While you don’t want to be individually vetting guests, you do want to make sure that they’re a good fit for your properties – especially if you have specific rules, guidelines, or qualifications. Airbnb is on your side when it comes to making sure guests stay honest.

We’re going to outline some of the things Airbnb already does to help hosts (including identity verification), as well as some of the “do”s and “don’t”s to keep you safe.

 

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#STRShareSunday: Gregory Hill BnB

strsharesunday Sep 26, 2021

It’s time for #strsharesunday and today we are sharing Gregory Hill BnB! We're not sure if we've done a Rhode Island feature yet, but if not, here's our first #strsharesunday in the Ocean State!

We know we say this every week, but man, as we look at their amazing ocean view, we really really REALLY miss summer already.

We love the soothing color palette in these luxury spaces. You really want to create a vibe, both in your listing and on your social media, and these guys NAILED IT.

Everything that we talk about in photos, they got it. They highlight all those nooks and crannies where you can have a cup of coffee or curl up with a good book. They have different angles of the space, both interior, exterior, and the surrounding town.

Be sure to check out their "extra services" highlight reel on their instagram, and here's where they put their add-on services. One we haven't seen before is a "fit kit," which includes kettlebells, ankle and wrist weights, exercise cards, yoga...

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130. Elevating Your STR with High-Vibe Design with Moira Sedgwick

Uncategorized Sep 23, 2021

There’s one thing that can elevate a short-term rental that you have complete control over: design. But just because you can control it doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy. Luckily, there are plenty of people who can help.

Moira Sedgwick is the James Beard Awards Director and founder of A Chalet Collective, a short-term rental design, remote management, and consulting business. Moira has been in the hospitality field for over 20 years and has been hosting 5-star AirBnBs since 2015, making her a hospitality and guest experience expert. She loves perfecting the details at short-term rentals for herself and other property owners, one house at a time!

In this episode, listeners will hear about the convergence of hospitality and design. We will dive into why it's important to create a unique, elevated experience, and how to level up the vibe when creating your space.

 

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